Published on Monday, 30 March 2015 17:43

Spotted in: NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TRAVELLER

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Top 5 Caribean Trips

St. Lucia's Windjammer Landing offers the best of both worlds — self catering and hotel services — and its cliff-face complex comprises villas and suites with kitchens.

There's an impressive range of restaurants, watersports and a well-regarded children's club for 4-12 year olds. 

Published on Thursday, 19 March 2015 09:36

Spotted in DAD INFO: Send Your Kids to School in the Caribbean

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In response to the current appetite for ‘living like a local’ on holiday, Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort in St Lucia has introduced a new local community initiative for its younger guests.  According to ABTA’s 2015 Travel Trends Report, UK travellers of all ages are looking for more authentic experiences on holiday.

From March 2015, the resort’s younger guests will have the opportunity to experience contemporary ‘island life’ through a new partnership with a local school, allowing children to meet their Caribbean counterparts and see how school life compares in this part of the world. 

Every Friday at 2pm during peak holiday season, the resort’s Jacquot Fun Club will organise visits to The Grande Riviere Primary School, just around the corner from the resort.  Whilst at the school, children will have the opportunity to participate in different lessons and see how these differ to their own.  They will also have a chance to let off steam alongside local pupils during break time and see whether Loom Bands and football are just as popular in St. Lucia. 

Children are encouraged to pack storybook, stationery and toys to take with them on their visit to help replenish the school’s limited resources. 

Mark Ozawa, Managing Director at Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort says: “I’m very excited about this addition to our fantastic children’s programme, that will provide our younger guests with a real insight into day to day island life as well as sparking some life-long friendships. We pride ourselves on the strength of our family offering and think this is a great way of creating those all-important family holiday memories that stay with you for life. 

“The initiative is a very effective way for us to support our local community.  As part of the ongoing partnership with The Grande Riviere Primary School, we also invite the older students to spend some time in the resort to understand the variety of careers available in hospitality and tourism.” 

The resort’s Jacquot Fun Club offers a plethora of activities for children aged four to 12 as well as a separate programme for teens. Activities include limbo and reggae dancing, beachside cricket, watersports, coconut bowling, Patois language lessons, lizard hunts, crab races, arts and crafts, tennis, movie nights and karaoke as well as a dedicated children’s buffet in the Dragonfly restaurant during peak holiday time. 

Article courtesy of Dad Info, written by James Draven. Read HERE

Published on Wednesday, 18 March 2015 09:43

Spotted in KODOMO: Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort

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It’s ever so easy in this day and age to book a fabulous holiday somewhere on an island, check in and hang by the pool for a few weeks and then return home, tanned and relaxed but having engaged little, if at all, in the community outside the doors of said resort. And when you’re somewhere culturally inviting, loaded with lovely locals and a society that is as interesting as it is relaxing (thanks to its climate and lovely accommodations), that is a real shame. So it’s fantastic to hear about the latest venture from Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort in Saint Lucia.

Why Saint Lucia?

Nuzzled just northwest of Barbados in the Caribbean, Saint Lucia is a gem of an island that ticks every holiday box. There’s gorgeous weather, pristine beaches, and stunning, luxury family hotels galore. Even better, the time difference is less than the east coast of the US. From London it’s just four hours behind, making it slightly more tolerable when flying with small children used to a strict time schedule.

Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort, Saint Lucia

A particularly good choice if heading to this lovely Lesser Antilles island is Windjammer Landing. An all-inclusive, very luxurious villa-only family resort, this will delight families of all ages and sizes. Located on hills that tower across 60 acres above the sea and directly over the beach, the villas of this immaculate resort offer views right out across the ocean into the horizon. There are sensational three and four bedroom villas available which are ideal for those with children. You’ll enjoy your own private plunge pool or swimming pool and either a kitchen or a private chef (depending on which villa you choose), so you needn’t do much and you’re guaranteed space, comfort and privacy.

The resort’s Jacquot Fun Club offers tonnes of well thought out activities for children aged 4 to 12, as well as a separate programme for teens. Everything from limbo and reggae dancing to beachside cricket, watersports to coconut bowling, Patois language lessons to lizard hunts, crab races to movie nights and karaoke are on offer, and there is a dedicated children’s buffet in the Dragonfly restaurant during peak holiday time.

And starting from this month, the resort’s younger guests will have the opportunity to experience contemporary ‘island life’ through a new partnership with a local school, allowing children to meet their Caribbean counterparts and see how school life compares in this part of the world. So not only do they get to windsail, swim and enjoy some family time on holiday, they get a fascinating look into life for children their age in other countries, and make new friends.

Every Friday at 2pm during peak holiday season, the resort’s Jacquot Fun Club will organise visits to nearby The Grande Riviere Primary School just moments from the resort.  While there, they will have the opportunity to participate in school lessons with the local children and see how these differ to their own back at home.  They will also have a chance to let off steam alongside local pupils during break time, make new friends and learn how different, and sometimes similar, life is in Saint Lucia for their contemporaries. Young guests are encouraged to pack storybooks, stationery or toys to take with them to help replenish the school’s limited resources. And what’s really fantastic is the older students from the local school are invited to spend some time in the resort to understand the variety of careers available in hospitality and tourism.

Article courtesy of KODOMO. Read HERE

Published on Tuesday, 17 March 2015 16:24

Spotted in DESTINATIONS OF DISTINCTIONS: All-Inclusive of yesteryear’s…meet the new kid in town

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Oh how I vividly remember our family trips to the Caribbean as a child to an “all-inclusive” resort. For a kid, the biggest thrill is that you get out of school, wear your bathing suit practically all day and swim in the pool until your feet and hands are well-pruned. You also get to eat copious amounts of fries and wash it all down with an ice cream cone.

The reality of an all-inclusive was the epitome of “fat America” satire. Super-sweet, and often times, watered down tropical drinks, plastic wrist bands that cut into your sunburnt skin and lines of hungry travelers awaiting their go-around at the buffet. Ahh, I even remember the multi-colored breakaway beads one all-inclusive chain made you wear and use as payment for whatever activity you wanted to indulge in. Gasp.

No wonder why the all-inclusive vacation got tagged as a cheapy alternative for families on a budget looking for some fun in the sun activities for the kids and plenty of alcohol for the parents. While the concept of this vacation package is smart, the execution lacked class and you simply couldn’t find a luxury resort that offered one.

Fast forward to the all-inclusive concept of today. I’ll admit there still are the budget-friendly all-inclusives out there located in destinations that probably fare $400 round-trip to get there. But what about the discerning traveler who isn’t just looking to eat, drink, sleep, repeat? They want the convenience of having everything included at their fingertips and the luxury of knowing their hard earned money is being well spent.

Enter Windjammer Landing in St. Lucia. Close your eyes and take the journey with me…

You arrive to the resort greeted by a cold scented towel followed up by a well mixed drink of either rum or fruit punch. Next your personal ambassador assists you with your check-in while the bellman brings up your luggage to await you in your villa. Oh yes that’s right…Windjammer is known for their ultra-spacious villa accommodations many offering private plunge pools overlooking the crystal clear Caribbean Sea.

You have the option to eat at any one of the five on property restaurants and since you are on Windjammer’s all-inclusive you won’t be waiting in any buffet lines. Everything is a la carte and the menus are not limited.

Should you want a vodka club with your fresh fish of the day dish, go ahead and make that a Grey Goose. All premium top shelf beverages are included as well.

My Husband reveled in the fact that he could sip his favorite 12yr old premium label scotch after dinner while we wrapped up with a post-dinner nightcap. What about the activity-junkie? Windjammer has got you covered too. All water sports offered at the resort, including motorized, are part of your all-inclusive package. The options are endless for both kid and adult alike. Should the kiddies want to make some new friends or participate in a game of coconut bowling, there is a kids and teens club offered.

6 outdoor swimming pools scattered throughout the resort offer a tranquil option to sip an ice cold beer and catch some rays. Groups of friends, families and multi-generational travelers flock here because the food, service and all-inclusive package lives up to its name.

Article courtesy of Destinations of Distinctions. Read HERE